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Seeking treasures at Llandudno antiques event


April 02, 2024 - 224 views

Ever wondered how much a family heirloom is worth or whether items stored away in your loft or cupboard have any value?
 
Could a piece of jewellery or silver, a painting, a watch, an example of Asian pottery, an item of militaria, an old book, a stamp album or a coin collection, that has been in the family for generations, be a hidden gem?
                                                                                                                                   
The answers to all these questions and more will be available when a team of specialists from Halls, a leading regional fine art auction house based in Shrewsbury, visits The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno to provide free antiques valuations on Thursday, April 18 from 10am to 2pm.
 
People wishing to have items valued are asked to make an appointment with the specialists in advance of the event by contacting the fine art team on Tel: 01743 450700.
 
The team includes Alexander Clement, watches and Asian art specialist and senior general valuer, Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley, silver, jewellery and bijouterie specialist and Abigail Molenaar, who specialises in paintings and prints.
 
“We know from past experience that there are absolute gems just waiting to be discovered in North Wales,” said Maryanne. “Obviously, we are looking for items to sell in our future auctions, but we offer free valuations without an obligation to sell.
 
“Receiving an up-to-date valuation of silver, jewellery, watches, pictures and antiques is very important for homeowners, as they will not want to be underinsured in the unfortunate event of having to make a claim.”
 
Halls Fine Art has had a hugely successful start to 2024 with the most recent auctions including a gold coin collection from Mid Wales coast which sold for £19,000 and an 1551 Mathew Bible which made £6,500.
 
Also in March, two diamond rings sold for £13,500 and £10,000, a rare Rolex watch that was owned and worn by Spanish maritime pioneer Vital Alsar made £10,000 and a Scottish landscape painting by Sidney Richard Percy (1821-1886), sold for £8,000.
 
Works by Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Williams, OBE (1918-2006) sell well at Halls Fine Art alongside paintings by Charles Tunnicliffe, David Cox, David Bates, Paul Martinez-Frias, Charles White, Tom Gerrard, Terence Lambert and William Selwyn.
 
“Works by Welsh artists sell really well in Shrewsbury and we have a lot of Wales-based buyers on our database,” said Abigail. “I would really love to see some nice contemporary art by the like of Shani Rhys James.”
 
Anyone wishing to have collections or large antiques valued may take along photographs to show the specialists who may arrange an appointment for a home visit.
 
Those unable to attend the valuation event but wishing to have items valued can contact the fine art team.